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The interactive CD-ROM program Restore your Shore has a searchable database of more than 400 plants native to Minnesota that are appropriate for establishing backyard butterfly gardens, native prairies, vegetation buffers on shorelines, and many other purposes. The program makes selecting and purchasing native plants fun, easy, and informative. Information about Restore your Shore and how to obtain it can be found online at www.dnr.state.mn.us/restoreyourshore.

You can find more good ideas in the books Lakescaping for Wildlife and Water Quality, Landscaping for Wildlife, and Woodworking for Wildlife. Buy them in bookstores or order online at www.mnbookstore.com.

The University of Minnesota provides additional information and resources on their Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series web site.

The Master Gardener program has volunteers in every Minnesota county, many who enjoy native landscaping and have valuable project experience: www.mg.umn.edu.

Two societies that offer assistance and resources are The Wild Ones www.for-wild.org and the Minnesota Native Plant Society www.mnnps.org/.

More and more nurseries and landscape professionals are specializing in native plants. One source for a directory of providers is www.dnr.state.mn.us/gardens/nativeplants/suppliers.

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